What is particularly good about this book is that the clothes themselves are very well reproduced. Alongside archive photographs of the items being worn, the book is filled with photographs of the items themselves, usually on mannequins, reproduced often full-page, so that the reader has the opportunity to examine the fabric, the patterns and the way the clothes hang. The photographs of the garments on the mannequins mostly come from the Fashion History Museum in Ontario and are worth the price of the book alone.
As an overview of women's fashion in the 1960s, the book is certainly thorough. The author, Jonathan Walford, certainly knows his stuff. I am an enthusiast for retro clothing and I learned a lot from the book. I am sure that even fashion historians would come away from reading this book having gleaned new insights into the way fashion developed over the 10 years of the 1960s. Men's fashion doesn't get much of a look-in, which is a shame, given how ground-breaking men's fashion was in the 1960s, perhaps a companion volume looking specifically at menswear would be a good idea?
A gorgeous book, elegantly designed and written with obvious love for and knowledge of the subject. A great gift for any fashion fan!